Reviews

The Brothers’ Lot

The Brothers’ Lot

March 2011
Trade Paperback · 320 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $17.99 CAN · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781936070916
Akashic Books

 
The mix of dire experiences that goes into the education dished out at the Brothers of Godly Coercion School for Young Boys of Meager Means adds up to a mordantly funny debut from Dublin native Holohan.
—Publishers Weekly
Taking dead aim at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and the atmosphere of repression that allowed abuse to flourish, this first novel uses satire to stinging effect … Terribly bleak and terribly funny, this skillful debut pays tribute to the irrepressible spirit of all the rebellious young boys who would not give in to authoritarian rule.
—Booklist
[Holohan] possesses his own distinct voice. Especially useful as therapy for recovering Catholics or to tweak apologists of the church, this impressive debut is highly recommended.
—Library Journal
A witty, brilliant, devastating expression of outrage… this novel is so subtly imagined, so elegantly structured, written in such hilarious prose but with such horrifying details, that what it offers is an overpowering, visionary judgement of a society.
—Times Literary Supplement
The book is funny, fast-paced with one crisis after another, but always pulls at the heartstrings.
—Brooklyn Rail